The Gathering Grounds

The Gathering Grounds

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We are on our way🥶

the little coffee shop with BiG heart Located just three blocks from the Wobegon Trail, the Gathering Grounds is an independent coffee house in Avon.

Serving hot and cold coffee drinks, gourmet tea, ice cream, locally made pastries and snacks. Free Wi-Fi, conference room and party packages available.

Operating as usual

07/06/2021

Here’s what we are reading on this rainy day ☕️

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

The first charming mystery in the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series—where caffeine and crime are always brewing...

Clare Cosi used to manage New York City’s historic Village Blend coffeehouse, until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years away she’s back in action and back to the grind, serving up steaming hot caffeine one cup at a time.

With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the coffeehouse, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work—until she discovers the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

NYPD Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play and deems the whole thing an accident. But despite the attractive investigator’s certainty, Clare isn’t convinced. Now, if she wants to get to the bottom of things she’ll have to do some sleuthing of her own—before anyone else ends up in hot water...

Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!

Here’s what we are reading on this rainy day ☕️

On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle

The first charming mystery in the New York Times bestselling Coffeehouse Mystery series—where caffeine and crime are always brewing...

Clare Cosi used to manage New York City’s historic Village Blend coffeehouse, until she opted for quieter pastures and a more suburban life. But after ten years away she’s back in action and back to the grind, serving up steaming hot caffeine one cup at a time.

With a sprawling rent-free apartment directly above the coffeehouse, her cat Java by her side, and plenty of redecorating ideas, Clare is thrilled to return to work—until she discovers the assistant manager dead in the back of the store, coffee grounds strewn everywhere.

NYPD Detective Mike Quinn finds no sign of forced entry or foul play and deems the whole thing an accident. But despite the attractive investigator’s certainty, Clare isn’t convinced. Now, if she wants to get to the bottom of things she’ll have to do some sleuthing of her own—before anyone else ends up in hot water...

Includes recipes and coffee-making tips!

07/06/2021

Good morning love ❤️

Good morning love ❤️

07/04/2021

“It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” -Stephen Colbert

Have a safe & happy Independence Day!

“It’s Fourth of July weekend, or, as I call it, Exploding Christmas.” -Stephen Colbert

Have a safe & happy Independence Day!

Personal care business for survivors of trafficking thriving after April launch 07/02/2021

Personal care business for survivors of trafficking thriving after April launch

Be sure to check out the Hope & Healing display at the Gathering Grounds ♥️

https://www.sctimes.com/story/news/local/2021/06/30/st-cloud-mn-hope-and-healing-store-human-trafficking-survivors-thriving-after-april-launch/7661776002/

Personal care business for survivors of trafficking thriving after April launch The Hope & Healing Store launched in St. Cloud on April 20 and provides natural soap, deodorant and muscle cream.

06/30/2021

July special you ask?
Strawberry Açaí Refreshers of course🍓
Just $4-

July special you ask?
Strawberry Açaí Refreshers of course🍓
Just $4-

06/23/2021

I love to read & reread things. This week as I was weeding thru my personal bookshelf, to add to our GG's lending library, I came across the book 'People Over Profit' by Dale Partridge. Annette & I read it early on in our business partnership; after we purchased our building & before we opened Gathering Grounds.

In that moment, I felt so overwhelmed with nostalgia that I couldn't help cracking it open again. It's definitely a rereader 😉 An hour later, I found myself still reading, curled up in the comfy chair in my room.

I'm amazed at how much of our mission for Gathering Grounds came from these pages. While our People Over Profit-KeepItLocal-Quality Over Quantity business model might not make sense to most people, I'm so stinkin' proud of who we are at our core.

After five years in business, there is always a danger of veering off course & becoming something unrecognizable. And it can be mighty tempting sometimes to throw our scruples out the window & redirect our focus to making more money. But at what cost?

Ultimately, we are at peace with who we are & what we are doing. Turns out living life with purpose is such a gift. A gift better than anything money can buy.

Thank you for being a part of that purpose. We are so grateful to be here,

-L

“Building an openhanded rather than closefisted company turns out to be a great business strategy." - Dale Partridge, People Over Profit: Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful

*the picture is a throwback from when Annette & I bought our building six years ago (when we were still babies)

I love to read & reread things. This week as I was weeding thru my personal bookshelf, to add to our GG's lending library, I came across the book 'People Over Profit' by Dale Partridge. Annette & I read it early on in our business partnership; after we purchased our building & before we opened Gathering Grounds.

In that moment, I felt so overwhelmed with nostalgia that I couldn't help cracking it open again. It's definitely a rereader 😉 An hour later, I found myself still reading, curled up in the comfy chair in my room.

I'm amazed at how much of our mission for Gathering Grounds came from these pages. While our People Over Profit-KeepItLocal-Quality Over Quantity business model might not make sense to most people, I'm so stinkin' proud of who we are at our core.

After five years in business, there is always a danger of veering off course & becoming something unrecognizable. And it can be mighty tempting sometimes to throw our scruples out the window & redirect our focus to making more money. But at what cost?

Ultimately, we are at peace with who we are & what we are doing. Turns out living life with purpose is such a gift. A gift better than anything money can buy.

Thank you for being a part of that purpose. We are so grateful to be here,

-L

“Building an openhanded rather than closefisted company turns out to be a great business strategy." - Dale Partridge, People Over Profit: Break the System, Live with Purpose, Be More Successful

*the picture is a throwback from when Annette & I bought our building six years ago (when we were still babies)

06/23/2021

Dear Pickleballers,
We are offering a 10% Pickleball Discount Wednesday & Friday mornings till noon in case you need a refreshment after you play. See you soon!
Love,
GGs

Dear Pickleballers,
We are offering a 10% Pickleball Discount Wednesday & Friday mornings till noon in case you need a refreshment after you play. See you soon!
Love,
GGs

06/22/2021

Missed out on a GGs bag in the S***k Days parade? We have them at the shop for $5. Stop by & get yours today! ☕️♥️☕️

Missed out on a GGs bag in the S***k Days parade? We have them at the shop for $5. Stop by & get yours today! ☕️♥️☕️

06/20/2021

Happy S***ktackular Days!

♥️ the Super GGs
Saving the World One Coffee at a Time

Happy S***ktackular Days!

♥️ the Super GGs
Saving the World One Coffee at a Time

06/19/2021

Look for GGs in the parade! We will be incognito 🥸

Look for GGs in the parade! We will be incognito 🥸

06/19/2021

Here’s to the bravest, strongest, spunkiest, most determined lady we know! Congratulations Marilyn on finishing the Avon 5K this morning! We are so dang proud of you & we are honored to have been part of your training program. You are our hero girl!!!!! 🎉

Here’s to the bravest, strongest, spunkiest, most determined lady we know! Congratulations Marilyn on finishing the Avon 5K this morning! We are so dang proud of you & we are honored to have been part of your training program. You are our hero girl!!!!! 🎉

06/19/2021

We are ready!!!!! ☀️

GGs is open from 8-1 today!

We are ready!!!!! ☀️

GGs is open from 8-1 today!

06/19/2021

This summer we are delighted to be featuring photography from Rule Creative Co. in our gallery space. We aren’t going to downplay this brilliant girl. Sam is a one of our favorites. Stop by to see what she’s been up to 📷♥️📸

This summer we are delighted to be featuring photography from Rule Creative Co. in our gallery space. We aren’t going to downplay this brilliant girl. Sam is a one of our favorites. Stop by to see what she’s been up to 📷♥️📸

06/18/2021

GGs will be open from 8am-1pm tomorrow… join us to celebrate Avon!

GGs will be open from 8am-1pm tomorrow… join us to celebrate Avon!

06/16/2021

S***k Lake clothing 50% off this week! Be sure to stop by & see all the fun S***k Lake items we have new for S***k Days 🚤

S***k Lake clothing 50% off this week! Be sure to stop by & see all the fun S***k Lake items we have new for S***k Days 🚤

06/15/2021

Fresh picked strawberries brought in for us to enjoy by one our regulars. We LOVE being part of our small town ♥️

#nofilterneeded

Fresh picked strawberries brought in for us to enjoy by one our regulars. We LOVE being part of our small town ♥️

#nofilterneeded

06/15/2021

Good morning sugar bun… ♥️

Good morning sugar bun… ♥️

06/12/2021

Weekends are for family breakfasts. Be sure to stop by to stock up on Swany White Pancake mix, local Maple Syrup & Alakef Breakfast Blend coffee 🥞☕️♥️

Weekends are for family breakfasts. Be sure to stop by to stock up on Swany White Pancake mix, local Maple Syrup & Alakef Breakfast Blend coffee 🥞☕️♥️

06/10/2021

Local tea & honey. The perfect summer combo ❤️

Local tea & honey. The perfect summer combo ❤️

06/08/2021

New for the summer months: Strawberry Açaí Refreshers perfectly priced at $4-

New for the summer months: Strawberry Açaí Refreshers perfectly priced at $4-

06/07/2021

☕️Happy Monday☕️

☕️Happy Monday☕️

06/04/2021

At GGs there’s no mask judgement… just really good coffee ♥️☕️♥️

At GGs there’s no mask judgement… just really good coffee ♥️☕️♥️

06/03/2021

What’s on your summer bucket list? 🪣

What’s on your summer bucket list? 🪣

06/02/2021

June’s Specialty Drink of the Month: French Vanilla Berry Iced Latte

Spruce up your usual vanilla iced latte with the robust flavor of blackberry. Nomnomnom☕️♥️☕️

June’s Specialty Drink of the Month: French Vanilla Berry Iced Latte

Spruce up your usual vanilla iced latte with the robust flavor of blackberry. Nomnomnom☕️♥️☕️

06/01/2021

We LOVE our new OPEN flag! If it’s out we are open ♥️

Thank you so much Rose Clement! Your Flag Store is the best place ever! #supportlocal

https://theflagstoremn.com/

https://wjon.com/the-flag-store-reopens-in-sauk-rapids/

We LOVE our new OPEN flag! If it’s out we are open ♥️

Thank you so much Rose Clement! Your Flag Store is the best place ever! #supportlocal

https://theflagstoremn.com/

https://wjon.com/the-flag-store-reopens-in-sauk-rapids/

05/31/2021

So grateful to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live our lives in freedom. Thank you.

So grateful to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live our lives in freedom. Thank you.

05/29/2021

Happy Graduation Day to our very own Gavin Petermeier! He will be heading out to Wadena in the fall to train to be an electrical lineman. We are so proud of the hardworking man of integrity you have become & are so excited to see everything your future holds. Congratulations bud! 👨🏽‍🎓

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
-Henry David Thoreau

*photo cred: Hannah Pelkey

Happy Graduation Day to our very own Gavin Petermeier! He will be heading out to Wadena in the fall to train to be an electrical lineman. We are so proud of the hardworking man of integrity you have become & are so excited to see everything your future holds. Congratulations bud! 👨🏽‍🎓

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
-Henry David Thoreau

*photo cred: Hannah Pelkey

Photos from The Gathering Grounds's post 05/29/2021

GGs is officially ready for summer! Choose from indoor or outdoor seating & check out our new floor plan. It was so much fun to get things ready for you. NoT to be braggy but these non-coffee drinks in our summer cooler are on point 😍

See you tomorrow morning from 8-11 ☀️

05/28/2021

We are excited to debut: The Ultimate Cookie Combination from Heavenly Treats in our boxed lunches today. What they say about their Toffee Cookies: “We don't like to see good things go to waste, so we took our smaller pieces of Toffee and combined them with our secret chocolate chunk cookie recipe to create Gourmet Toffee Cookies. Some say they're our best treat but we don't like to play favorites.” We LOVE that!

♥️Available only in our boxed lunches♥️ or on their website at: shopheavenlytreats.com

We are excited to debut: The Ultimate Cookie Combination from Heavenly Treats in our boxed lunches today. What they say about their Toffee Cookies: “We don't like to see good things go to waste, so we took our smaller pieces of Toffee and combined them with our secret chocolate chunk cookie recipe to create Gourmet Toffee Cookies. Some say they're our best treat but we don't like to play favorites.” We LOVE that!

♥️Available only in our boxed lunches♥️ or on their website at: shopheavenlytreats.com

Photos from The Gathering Grounds's post 05/25/2021

You guys!!!!!!! We are about to lose our ‘office’ & have never been more excited! Saturday our booths will be open!
Tralalalala 💃🏽💃🏽☕️☕️♥️♥️

05/21/2021

We love our trail... 🚴🏽‍♀️🚴🏽🚴🏽‍♂️

We love our trail... 🚴🏽‍♀️🚴🏽🚴🏽‍♂️

05/19/2021

Well. Just when we think we might be out of the woods... BAM!!!!!!! Coffee prices go up.

For. The. Love. Of. A. Legit. Beatdown.

We have seen a 7.5% increase in our coffee prices over the last few weeks. While we won’t be increasing our menu pricing now—please keep this in the back of your mind—once we feel like we have our footing we may need to adjust more than our floor plan.

Hang in there with us. We have to believe that better days are coming.

Love,
GGs

Well. Just when we think we might be out of the woods... BAM!!!!!!! Coffee prices go up.

For. The. Love. Of. A. Legit. Beatdown.

We have seen a 7.5% increase in our coffee prices over the last few weeks. While we won’t be increasing our menu pricing now—please keep this in the back of your mind—once we feel like we have our footing we may need to adjust more than our floor plan.

Hang in there with us. We have to believe that better days are coming.

Love,
GGs

05/15/2021

https://fb.watch/5sPkCeXrUN/

Happy Fishing Opener!
Love,
GGs Coffee

05/14/2021

You guys.

Yes. The governor said some things. Yes. The governor is supposed to sign some things.

No. We don’t know what the hell we are doing. Yet.

Hang in there. Once we see something in writing from the health department on masks & social distancing we will adjust.

Till then. We are not going to micromanage you. Please just be respectful of those around you & please don’t argue with us.

We promise we are working as fast as we can & after 14 months of being open in an ever shifting capacity we are sorta tired. Like for reals.

See you at GGs ♥️

You guys.

Yes. The governor said some things. Yes. The governor is supposed to sign some things.

No. We don’t know what the hell we are doing. Yet.

Hang in there. Once we see something in writing from the health department on masks & social distancing we will adjust.

Till then. We are not going to micromanage you. Please just be respectful of those around you & please don’t argue with us.

We promise we are working as fast as we can & after 14 months of being open in an ever shifting capacity we are sorta tired. Like for reals.

See you at GGs ♥️

05/14/2021

This ‘Our Avon’ artwork's muse is this cute little lady’s hedges. Stop by to see all your favorite places around our little town ♥️

This ‘Our Avon’ artwork's muse is this cute little lady’s hedges. Stop by to see all your favorite places around our little town ♥️

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Category

General Manager

Lisa Pelkey Annette Petermeier

Attire

Casual

Services

Groups Kids Outdoor Takeout Walkins

Specialties

Breakfast Coffee

Price Range

£

Payment Options

Amex Discover Mastercard Visa

Telephone

Address


200 Avon Ave S
Avon, MN
56310

Opening Hours

Tuesday 07:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 07:00 - 13:00
Thursday 07:00 - 13:00
Friday 07:00 - 13:00
Saturday 08:00 - 11:00
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